The Positive Health and Wellness Division is proud to announce the winner of the fifth prestigious Contributions in Positive Health Award: Judith Moskowitz, PhD, MPH, Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Trained as a social psychologist, Dr. Moskowitz studies behavioral and psychosocial factors in the context of significant illness or other life stress. Her current research is focused on the adaptive role of positive emotion regulation for support of beneficial health behavior change (such as diet and physical activity) and prevention of maladaptive health behaviors (such as substance abuse.)

Past winners of the Award include Dr. Sheldon Cohen (2009 – effects of positive affect and social support on immunity and susceptibility to infectious disease), Dr. Andrew Steptoe (2011 – effects of psychological and social factors on biological responses underlying coronary heart disease), Dr. Annette Stanton (2013 – resilience and psychosocial oncology), and Dr. Carol Ryff, who presented an inspirational talk based on her 25 years of work titled, “Past, Present and Future Perspectives on Eudaimonic Well-Being” at the 4th World Congress in 2015.
In her lecture at the 5th World Congress in Montreal, Dr. Moskowitz will review evidence for the efficacy of positive emotion interventions and discuss lessons learned about which approaches work best and for whom.



As the Fifth World Congress is approaching quickly, the Positive Health & Wellness division is excited to announce many additional opportunities at the Congress to engage, learn, and share best research and practices that lead to healthier, happier living. For more information, please check out the division’s events below:


Positive Health Psychology Data Extravaganza (Friday, July 14th, 9:45a.m. – 10:45a.m.)

As the science of positive psychology expands, research within the health sciences has continued to document relationships between positive psychological constructs and human health. Hosted by the International Positive Psychology Association’s Positive Health and Wellness Division, the Data Extravaganza offers the audience an opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field of positive health who will share their latest findings in brief, rapid-fire presentations.


Positive Health & Wellness Division Business Meeting (Saturday, July 15h, 7:00a.m. – 8:00a.m.) 

In this town hall meeting, the division leadership team will share its vision and current plans for the upcoming year. Anyone interested in learning or becoming more involved with its programs are welcome to attend.


Contributions in Positive Health Award Lecture (Saturday, July 15th, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m.) 

Positive affect intervention to help people cope with health-related stress: Progress, Promise, and Lessons Learned

Positive Psychology in Health & Healthcare (Sunday, July 16th, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

How can Positive Psychology be applied to benefit the physical health of individuals and our healthcare system? This conversation hour will focus on practical strategies currently being applied by the panelists.

The division is also organizing a Social Hour during the World Congress — stay tuned for more announcements! We hope to see you in July!